Lord Vishwakarma Temples

Lord Vishwakarma Temples


According to Ramayana, 'Sone ki Lanka' or Golden Lanka was the place where the demon king Ravana dwelled in the "Treta yuga." As we read in the epic story Ramayana, this was also the place where Ravana kept Sita, Lord Ram's wife as a hostage.

There is also a story behind the construction of Golden Lanka. When Lord Shiva married Parvati, he asked Viswakarma to build a beautiful palace for them to reside. Vishwakarma put up a palace made of gold. For the housewarming ceremony, Shiva invited the wise Ravana to perform the "Grihapravesh" ritual. After the sacred ceremony when Shiva asked Ravana to ask anything in return as "Dakshina", Ravana, overwhelmed with the beauty and grandeur of the palace, asked Shiva for the golden palace itself. Shiva was obliged to accede to Ravana's wish, and the Golden Lanka became Ravana's palace. Again, the traditional sources point to Mayasura as the architect and his daughter Mandodri married Ravana (Mayan was the son of viswakarama).
The Kalikambal temple is one of the ancient temples that is thronged by devotees from in and around India. It is famous both for its architectural marvel and its ancestral lineage with the great Indian Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji, who along with his entourage is said to have visited this temple during his trip to south of India. Kalikambal temple is located in George Town area of Chennai. Originally, it is believed that the temple was constructed closer to the sea shores but then was moved to the current location during the British rule in India. The temple dates back to 1640.


Goddess Kalikambal and Lord Kamateswarar are the primary deities presiding in the temple. Goddess Kalikambal (also known as Kamakshi Devi) is worshipped as the family Goddess of the Vishwakarma community, which helped in relocation and development of the temple. This temple has gained popularity among all the other temples of Chennai because of the numerous festivals that it organizes during the year.




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